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What is Your Why?

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.”

I’ve always taken an interest in asking people why they do what they do. Some people prefer to ask the more generic question of “What do you do for a living?” That doesn’t interest me. At all. No offense. I want something deeper. I want something below the surface.  I want to know what your heart aches for. What gets you out of bed in the morning. What keeps you coming back every day for more. I want to know what you dream of. Granted, I’m certainly not going to ask a stranger on the street their why or someone who is simply an acquaintance. I think knowing someone’s why is a privilege that should be EARNED.

This past year I have had the privilege of experiencing someone’s why on a daily basis. He is someone I admire for a number of reasons, but above all, he lives his why day in and day out. And I would like to meet someone who tells me otherwise. Steve Bart is a man of many talents but the one I have grown particularly fond of is his ability to inspire others. As my co-worker, coach and friend I wanted to share his why with all of you because I think it exemplifies authenticity. A rare trait to come by. So here it is: Steve Bart’s why. I hope this inspires you to share your why too.

Q: Why do you do what you do?

A. When the alarm clock rings at 4:25am and you wake up excited to go to work, you know you’ve found the right profession.

Over the last 6 years, early mornings and long nights have been the norm for me, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Getting to the gym at the crack of dawn and unlocking the door is my favorite part of any day. There is something peaceful about being the only person surrounded by silence as you start the day. The tranquillity of the morning is my time to look ahead and see what needs to get done without the added noise or stress. Almost every morning starts with a cup of coffee and a dry erase marker, sketching an outline of our fitness orchestra. What I get to do every day is empower people. I get to change their lives. When people come to me, some are in a bad place and are looking for a change. Some people need a swift kick in the ass to wake them up and to realize that they aren’t that young anymore. Others need a friendly face to connect with, or just someone to confide in. What I get to do is alter the course of someone’s life, steering them away from illness and disease, aiming them towards health and wellness. I love what I do because seeing other people succeed is my therapy. I try to be the absolute best coach, motivator, friend, mentor, confidant, you name it. When I look at my job and see how many different roles I play in a given day, or how many different people I get to affect, that’s what makes it all worth it. My “why” is helping the people who trust me to help them. There is never a more vulnerable place to be in your life than asking for help and it can be incredibly difficult. My why is to make it a little easier for them.

Share your why.


Article written by GUADS staff member, Chelsea

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